After bashing out of our Raragala anchorage we sailed the 10nm to the passage. I was now quite nervous as it looked so narrow and the wind was 20-25 and the seas short and steep – very uncomfortable. We had our main and headsail reefed and were still approaching the rip at 7.5 knots our heading wild, swinging 60 degrees from one side to the other. Could we really fit through there???
After a bit more swinging about we entered the rip and things seemed to settle down a little. Simon encouraged me to take some photos, probably to get my stressed vibes out of the cockpit more than anything else! It was really pretty with the cliffs and rock so close I felt I could almost touch them. The current was very fast and we flew through at over 9 knots.
To give you an idea of how narrow it is – it’s 50mtrs wide and just over 1nm long. Here is Gugari Rip on the chart.